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Congratulations to the 2015 UC Human Rights & John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellows

Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Apr 23, 2015

This week, Law School's California International Law Center (CILC) made this announcement. Congratulations to the fellowship recipients!


Dear King Hall Community,

The California International Law Center is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2015 UC Human Rights Fellowship and John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship. 

John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowships Recipients:

Two grants of $5,000 each to support work in public interest law have been awarded to:

~ Laura Flynn '16
Natural Resources Defense Council
Laura Flynn will be spending the summer with the Natural Resources Defense Council’s San Francisco Office (NRDC). NRDC is a leading public-interest litigation firm, which marshals science and law to protect the environment and public health. Working closely with NRDC staff, she will assist with campaigns related to air & energy, oceans, land & forests, and water. She will conduct legal research, draft memos & briefs, and attend hearings. Ms. Flynn’s work will directly further NRDC’s mission to safeguard the earth—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems.

~ Hope Kwiatkowski '17

Accountability Counsel
Accountability Counsel (AC) works to promote corporate and institutional accountability for human rights abuses abroad by assisting communities in filing complaints, ensuring grievance mechanisms are accessible and transparent, and supporting policy reform. AC has achieved incredible success in eradicating human rights abuse in communities around the world and establishing more effective policies for international development. As a Law Fellow, Ms. Kwiatkowski will work on issues concerning potential sources of corporate accountability, draft legal memos regarding current cases, and support the work AC does abroad through complaint drafting and research. Ms. Kwiatkowski’s work with AC will help to disperse the large caseload and, in doing so, provide the opportunity for AC to reach more communities in need.

UC Human Rights Fellowships Recipients:
Two grants of $4,500 each to support work in human rights have been awarded to:

~ Chelsea Bond '17
East Bay Community Law Center - Education Defense & Justice for Youth
Chelsea Bond will be working at the East Bay Community Law Center in the Education Defense and Justice for Youth Clinic. The clinic’s goal is to end the school-to-prison pipeline by providing holistic juvenile defense and educational advocacy that allow clients to stay in school and out of detention. Ms. Bond will advocate for clients as they navigate through the juvenile justice system, assisting in delinquency hearings and probation compliance. She will also work to address unmet educational needs that present barriers between the client and the opportunity to succeed in school and beyond.

~ Sonja Prins '16

Office of the State Public Defender (Oakland, CA)
Sonja Prins will be working as a legal intern at the Office of the State Public Defender (OSPD), in Oakland, CA. The OSPD represents more than 130 men and women on death row in California and Ms. Prins will participate in all stages of post-conviction death penalty defense in California State Court. Ms. Prins will work on complex legal research and writing assignments, including drafting memos and legal pleadings to be used in direct appeals to the California Supreme Court. Her work will advance the office’s goal of providing high quality legal representation to indigent death row defendants.

The 2015 fellows will be recognized at the upcoming Public Service Graduation on Friday, April 24, 2015. The Center would like to thank the Fellowship Selection Committee--Law Professor Karima Bennoune, Professor and Director of Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas Almerindo Ojeda, Career Services Associate Director Timothy Griffiths--and all applicants.

Please join us in congratulating the 2015 fellowship recipients! 

Best regards,

Anupam Chander

Uyen P. Le
Fellowship Coordinator

California International Law Center (CILC)
UC Davis School of Law